What We Do

RISE Youth Dance provides high quality dance training in an inclusive, nurturing and safe environment for all young people aged 6 – 19 years in the Bristol area.

Our vision is for every young person to become the best they can be, and we believe in the power of dance to help young people become their best selves.

Our Youth Dance Company trains young people from 6 – 19, our education programme delivers workshops in Bristol schools and we deliver a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance in partnership with Bristol School of Acting, (BSA Dance).

We work in partnership with other other professional dance companies and other organisations working with young people locally, nationally and internationally

Youth Dance Company

Our Youth Dance Company trains young people from 6 – 19 through weekly classes and regular performance opportunities. Older students have the chance to take part in more intensive sessions including workshops with professional dance artists and national and international performances. 

Past performances have included St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol Harbour Festival, Hannover City Hall and the National Youth Dance Festival, U.Dance, as well as our own annual performance, REACH.

The Company is recognised nationally as an excellent training ground for young dancers and many students progress to the UK’s top training institutions such as Trinity Laban, NSCD and LCDS. 

RISE teachers are regularly invited to lead workshops to develop technique, choreographic skills or to talk to young people about progression to a career in dance.


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance

Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance is delivered in partnership with Bristol School of Acting.

It is designed to encourage students to develop as an independent dance artist and grow into a confident, creative practitioner. The course format is similar to that of a dance conservatoire, tailored to 16-18 year olds, and will develop technical, creative and performance skills.

The course is led by Helen Wilson of RISE, alongside a team of professional dancers and choreographers.

Schools Provision

We offer flexible dance workshop packages for nursery, primary and secondary schools in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Styles include contemporary, creative dance and diverse dance styles. We can also tailor sessions to the national curriculum.

Workshops include half or full day sessions, one-off days and regular workshops; We also offer professional development and training for teachers. 

For more information please download an Education Pack or contact our administrator


We work in partnership with regional, national and international organisations; we believe working in collaboration gives our young people a richer experience.

We are currently working with Linden Youth Centre in Hannover to organise exchanges for our young people, Movema, who regularly invite us to perform at events, Trinity Academy School to deliver workshops, and Bristol School of Acting.

RISE is an active member of the Bristol dance community, advocating for, and developing youth dance.

“As well as pushing my growth as a dancer, RISE has been a constant place for me at times when I needed it and a special home where I had the freedom to explore the depths of movement, myself and others. I realised how fortunate I was to have a teacher like Helen that channels such humble values yet remarkable skills into young people. She has demonstrated to me and to others a glimpse of what it takes to be the best version of yourself in this industry and life”

Ban Alwari (Student)

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At RISE we want to make sure that anyone who wants to dance with us can do so. Please donate to support our work, or learn more about how you can help us on our campaign page.

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